You know that defense the Cards ran a few times against Carolina last week, the one in which all 11 defenders — including anyone near the line of scrimmage — stand up, with no one with a hand on the ground? Well, nose tackle Dan Williams is ready for a shot to play it … kind of.
“(Defensive line) coach (Ron) Aiken had to explain it to me, ‘Dan, your job description is to play the nose and stop the run,’ ” Williams said, laughing. “You know, I am a backup (for that package). He told me to be ready. I still know that package, so if there is an opportunity, I will be ready.”
OK, so the last thing you expect is for Dumpster Dan, all 6-foot-3 and 327 pounds, to stand up. He’s there to get low and plug the middle. And he did a pretty good job of that in the opener. Williams is a far cry from where he was at the beginning of training camp, when he was not in condition and on the wrong side of the coaches. Williams did work out over the summer — at one point, he joked about not working out, and it came out in a story as a fact — but he acknowledges he would have been better off with no lockout and strength and conditioning coach John Lott guiding him through the summer.
Williams is in shape now.
“I just put it behind me,” Williams said. “I held up my end. It is important what my coaches and teammates think of me. I will give 110 percent and I know I need to be in shape and hit my weight. Comes with the job.”
Williams bemoaned missing a tackle on the sideline at one point against Carolina but “for the most part, as the nose, when they only get 50 or 60 rushing yards, (74, actually) you are a part of it. It felt good.”
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